Category Archives: Superstition

603. Curaçao’s ‘Forbidden’ New Year’s Tradition

Prolific Dutch writer Jan Brokken once described this forbidden new year’s tradition in all its culturally sensitive glory: “though man and woman don’t touch each other during tambú dance, they move more provocatively than a Dutch couple making love.” This form of recreation and

603. Curaçao’s ‘Forbidden’ New Year’s Tradition

Prolific Dutch writer Jan Brokken once described this forbidden new year’s tradition in all its culturally sensitive glory: “though man and woman don’t touch each other during tambú dance, they move more provocatively than a Dutch couple making love.” This form of recreation and

735. Curaçao’s Obsession with Superstition

Asina Nan Di… By Paul Hubert Franz Brenneker (‘Pader Brenneker’) Nan di: No bari kas despues di seis’or di atardi. Nan di: No kumpra nada na 50, ni na 13 tampoko, Djo libra! Nan di: No duna un hende nada na

735. Curaçao’s Obsession with Superstition

Asina Nan Di… By Paul Hubert Franz Brenneker (‘Pader Brenneker’) Nan di: No bari kas despues di seis’or di atardi. Nan di: No kumpra nada na 50, ni na 13 tampoko, Djo libra! Nan di: No duna un hende nada na

739. Easter in Curaçao (Part 1)

NO SWIMMING on Good Friday! Or you might turn into a fish…* Soulful home-cooking on the ‘konfó’ (krioyo BBQ) seen all over the island! (Tutu, black-eyed pea mush, in the making) Good Friday = Piská Hasá ku Funchi i Tutu! (but this plate

739. Easter in Curaçao (Part 1)

NO SWIMMING on Good Friday! Or you might turn into a fish…* Soulful home-cooking on the ‘konfó’ (krioyo BBQ) seen all over the island! (Tutu, black-eyed pea mush, in the making) Good Friday = Piská Hasá ku Funchi i Tutu! (but this plate

750. Curaçao’s Good Luck Tricks (Part 2)

1. Don’t crawl, your mother might pass away. 2. Black butterflies signal looming death; chase them out of the house ASAP! 3. To prevent evil eye, never say that a newborn baby is cute! (Newborns are ugly no matter what)

750. Curaçao’s Good Luck Tricks (Part 2)

1. Don’t crawl, your mother might pass away. 2. Black butterflies signal looming death; chase them out of the house ASAP! 3. To prevent evil eye, never say that a newborn baby is cute! (Newborns are ugly no matter what)

765. Curaçao’s ‘Burning Man’ Momo

In order to be king, you have to be “as big as a house” and jolly, says Brazil’s current King Momo, Rodrigues da Silva (here with his daughter). King Momo represents ‘excess’… like that cartoon-ish devil over your shoulder… you know… the one

765. Curaçao’s ‘Burning Man’ Momo

In order to be king, you have to be “as big as a house” and jolly, says Brazil’s current King Momo, Rodrigues da Silva (here with his daughter). King Momo represents ‘excess’… like that cartoon-ish devil over your shoulder… you know… the one

791. Curaçao’s Random Fascination with ‘Buki di Bristol’

I was lucky to meet Andéchi literally  ‘little Andrés’ a few months ago. Mind you, Shon Andrés Corsino Albert was born on February 4, 1938, but still goes by his nomber chikí… His mother found his name in the buki di Bristol of

791. Curaçao’s Random Fascination with ‘Buki di Bristol’

I was lucky to meet Andéchi literally  ‘little Andrés’ a few months ago. Mind you, Shon Andrés Corsino Albert was born on February 4, 1938, but still goes by his nomber chikí… His mother found his name in the buki di Bristol of

806. New Year Tradition Tambú: Music and Dance of Curaçao (Part 6 of 6)

Documentary filmmaker, Elizeth Labega (YouTube: “Tambú: Music and Dance of Curaçao”) explores the ‘forbidden’ nature of our indigenous music and dance. Imported from West Africa in the 1600s, Tambú music is made with a single skinned drum, a metal percussion

806. New Year Tradition Tambú: Music and Dance of Curaçao (Part 6 of 6)

Documentary filmmaker, Elizeth Labega (YouTube: “Tambú: Music and Dance of Curaçao”) explores the ‘forbidden’ nature of our indigenous music and dance. Imported from West Africa in the 1600s, Tambú music is made with a single skinned drum, a metal percussion